NPR Core Publisher
Core Publisher is a CMS for public radio stations. Used by almost 200 NPR member stations around the country, NPR Digital Services overhauled CP to offer greater flexibility for stations of all sizes.
As lead designer, I began by reimagining the platform at a high-level considering fluid grids and clean typography. That quickly transitioned into goal-setting, usability testing and collaborating with stations. The CP team consists of a product manager, 2 engineers, 1 front-end developer and myself. In just a few months we began rolling out the new responsive theme. However, it is more than a theme. It's improved functionality and flexibility.
Design improvements included a new way to place assets, display posts and inject underwriting content, as well as the ability to fully customize a station's masthead to fit their needs. But, perhaps the biggest challenge, because stations have different needs meant all of my designs needed to be modular in order to accommodate a variety of situations. Since flexibility was the #1 goal, each homepage component (header, navigation, content, headlines, bylines, footer, etc.) was thought of as part of a system in order to provide versatility and truly adaptive layouts. The result is greater flexibility with a ton of different layout options. For example, look at WWNO and KUOW.
We also rolled out a persistent player feature, which allows visitors to stream local radio while seamlessly browsing great local content. Check out a few stations using our beta release: Michigan Radio, WAMC and WVXU.